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Masters of the Mini

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Some criticized presenter SARAH JESSICA PARKER for coming up short at the Oscars, but the PEOPLE panel applauds her matte jersey Calvin Klein for adding an extra dose of sex into the City of Angels.

In a Daryl K skirt and Jimmy Choo boots, it was all systems a go-go for HALLE BERRY at the Swordfish premiere in L.A. in June. At first glance, “Halle said, ‘Wow, that’s really a mini!’ ” recalls stylist Kithe Brewster. “But when she put it on, she saw that it fit just perfectly.”

Donning a very little black dress,” singer MARIAH CAREY, star of the upcoming film Glitter, lit up the room at a restaurant in Marbella, Spain, in April.

Onetime Bond girl DENISE RICHARDS was a bare-devil at the World Stunt Awards in L.A. in May, taking gilty pleasure in her bronze paillette skirt from Celine by Michael Kors.

“Posh” Spice VICTORIA BECKHAM lent a sweet tartan flavor to Elton John’s London Christmas party in a silk corset and skirt by British designer Kyri. “At 5’4″ I’m kind of short,” says Beckham. “Wearing a miniskirt with heels helps my legs look longer.”

The PEOPLE panel believes that HEATHER LOCKLEAR was born in a mini. Almost 40 years later (rocking the My VH1 Music Awards last fall in L.A.) she looks none the worse for wearing one still. “She has the most amazing body,” says her stylist Cary Fetman. “And she really tries to have fun with fashion.”